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bill: here comes a little cat in the background, poking some whiskers where it does not belong. where would we be without-camera video? alisyn: curiosity kills cats like that. bill: plenty more tomorrow. see you then. alisyn: see you. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- jane: good morning, everyone. we have more details this hour about the investigation being launched into the fort hood attack. the warning signs, how were they missed? jon: president obama credited china with helping to pull the u.s. out of recession. he and the chinese president pledged cooperation despite
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divisive issues like human rights. jane: who should get a mammogram and at what age? one of the big question is going forward, will your insurance continue to pay for mammograms? bill: there has been -- jon: there has been an earthquake in british columbia. >> of what they are telling me is that this is off the coast of british columbia, not far from the island chain of prince rupert. the good news is that it is not near a huge populated area. but it is still an estimated 6.6, as confirmed by the usgs, a pretty big earthquake. as i was told by the scientists moments ago, the population is pretty low in that area. they're holding out hope that this will have very little effect on the people. right now there are no official
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tsunami warnings. back to you guys. bill: -- jon: thank you. jane: the administration is putting 9/11 terror suspects on trial in civilian court. this is sparking the divisions in multiples circles. just blocks from the side of the world trade center, they will be in court. critics are worried that important evidence could be thrown out and that terrorists could be given access to sensitive information. shannon, as an attorney, talk to us about the trickiest issues when it comes evidence in these trials. >> there are big differences between federal courts and military commissions. even things as simple as search and seizure, if you are on the military battlefield, you do not need a warrant.
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in federal court need a warrant for any information they bring in. something like here say. think about things like reading miranda rights, the chain of custody when it comes to evidence, there are so many pitfalls. there will be many tricky things to iron out when it comes to these defendants in a case that is not like anything we have seen before. jane: i would guess that the justice department looked at that pretty substantially. how confident is eric holder that the prosecutors are ready for these challenges? >> he was very confident. he said that if he was not confident of a conviction in this case, he would not be moving forward. here is what he had to say in announcing his decision. >> the reality is, and i want to be as a schuring as i can, that based on all of my experience
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and based on the great work and research that has been done, i am confident that the outcome in these cases, that they will be successful ones. >> we all know that there are no guarantees of any outcome of any trial. when you look at these evidenciary issues and have a good lie in, they could have a significant impact. jane: i know that you covered some of the gitmo detainee's in washington. how did that play out? >> it is interesting, there are times when the court room is clear for hours, if not days. you cannot really know what is going on. there are so many rejections, you have to consider national security. you are left in the dark about many key things. it will be interesting to see how issues of national security play out in this case. jane: thank you. jon: now, the fallout of the fort hood shooting.
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we expected to hear from congressman john carter today. we understand that he will introduce legislation saying that the fort hood shooter receive this -- that those shot in the shooting receive the same benefits as someone injured in a war. >> congressman carter represents the district where fort hood is located. he is a republican from texas, he plans to hold a news conference today at 1:00. we will find out more about his proposed legislation at that time. basically he is saying that the attack was a planned terrorist attack and that the victims are the same as those wounded or killed on the battlefield. and that because of that he wants the full benefits. he wants them qualified as military combatants with a maximum life insurance policy for those that were killed, as well as extending disability benefits for those that were
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injured. and if they are members of the military this would also make them eligible for the purple heart. if they are civilians they could get the secretary of defense medal of freedom. this is what congressman carter has of his sleeve. jon: we hear that there is more about the way that he conducted himself with his psychiatric patients? >> that is right. he was a scientist in washington and down at fort hood. there was a report in the morning news that he would sit down with his psychiatric patients, hear their concerns, and in some cases he would try to report the patients for war crimes. some psychiatrists say that this is a clear breach of the patient psychiatrist confidentiality and that he should now be doing this. legal experts say that it is everyone's responsibility to
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report war crimes when you become aware of them. that debate is going on. abc news has reported that the results were that his requests were denied and that because of that, it could be what triggered the shooting. that is what investigators are looking into furious jon: thank you, -- looking into. jon: thank you, steve. jane: trying to pull the country out of the recession, obama in china working together, as well as on climate change and energy issues. leaders are not shying away from these issues. mike, a little bit about these differences. what has the president had to say? >> the president's approach seemed to be to acknowledge the differences. let's listen.
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>> of the relationship going forward will not be without difficulty. moving forward we will be more prosperous and secure. >> the president obama is trying to assure the chinese that they should not feel threatened, reaching out and saying it is ok, we welcome you doing more on the global stage. jane: amongst the differences, currency and economic concerns. what did they have to say about that? >> the president essentially saying that he feels that china could do more to pull the global economy out of the recession has been in. any economic agreements with the u.s. would be drawn on equal footing as. he also pushed back against the u.s., saying that the u.s. needs to reject protectionism. the chinese have had concerns
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over tariffs being put on chinese-made tires. back and forth on these economic issues. jane: no major breakthroughs? >> you are right about that. the white house said they did not expect major breakthroughs after only 2.5 days in china, but they are saying that diplomacy is a matter of perspective and they feel that they will continue the talks the next time they get together. jane: thank you. jon: in iran the nuclear envoy says that he watched delegation has cleared the country's program. even iaea report has offered no estimates on the recently revealed uranium enrichment sites. analysts say that while the material appeared to be capable, it was too little for a civilian reactor. the envoy claims that the finding of proves that their program is being used for
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peaceful purposes and that its country is cooperating with inspectors. jane: what is going on, harris? >> police have recently rounded up their suspects, a man suspected of killing four women, including one woman who was on hbo series calle dd "catshouse." the police are representing david allen tiner. these are breaking details coming in. i can give you more information on this suspected series of crimes, and i will do so.
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jon: time for signing of a health care reform bill into law by the end of the year. first the senate needs to report its version. so, do the democrats have a bill? >> they have something behind closed doors. republicans and moderate democrats have been concerned about all of the back door dealings. they may be on the verge of unveiling what might amount to the senate democrats. behind closed doors harry reid has assembled a bill that is said to come in around $900 billion. will these code words in the jargon be an inside?
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all the way up to your neck, if they can come up with a deal it would allow for three days, 72 hours, as requested by republicans and democrats, to read the bill. perhaps voting by the end of this week to begin debate. this is a process driven stage of the game where every single vote matters. harry reid is not sure that he has got all of the votes needed to officially begin debate. jon: we will check in again with you later. thank you. jane: there is were the bank of america may have threatened the government. we will explain. jon: sarah palin, making the rounds on television. what is she now saying about president obama, her family, and her plans for 2012?
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jane: now, your money in the treasury department. a watchdog group is raising questions over the bailout of aig. it is possible that our government over-paid to rescue the insurance giant from collapse, overpaid by billions of dollars. business partners were paid to cancel insurance policies, easing problems. but partners may have been willing to excess -- accept much less. jon: charges the bank of america may have strong armed the government into forking over billions of dollars in taxpayer support. a hearing on the matter is under way right now. we are joined the live by liz on the fox business network. >> this is one of the most
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controversial bailouts on wall street, it led bankamerica purchase merrill lynch, they used that money to purchase merrill lynch. now we are hearing that bank of america used to empty legal threats to get the money. they invoked what was called the material adverse off change clause, allowing an acquiring company walk away from a target , what happened was bank of america went to washington to say that they were going to walk away. that if you want us to stay in the deal, you have got to give us $20 billion in taxpayer money. according to the documents given to me by insiders, that clause says that bank of america could not have walked away, even at the event of losses at merrill lynch. even in the event of terrorism or more.
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now they are holding a hearing that is saying the bank of america had no legal justification to invoke this clause to walk away from merrill lynch. the representative conducting the hearing is saying essentially that the government gave bank of america the money to walk away, that it may have been a shake down to get more taxpayer aid. jon: thank you. jane: many people this morning woke up confused and outraged at this news, following a major announcement on breast cancer screening guidelines. an influential group said the you do not need them at age 40. however -- how do doctors feel about that? will insurance cover mammograms if you are not 50 yet? we will look at that.
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jon: sarah palin is speaking out, speaking on the court -- current pair -- speaking about the current president she would rate him a 4 of 10. she also talked about her terrible interview with katie couric. >> i was wearing my attitude on my sleeve, which i should not have been. i had just done an op-ed. i had been interviewed by those national media outlets. very unprofessional of me. my fault. my bad that i answered the way that i answered. jon: she says she cannot predict what will happen in 2012. as for her family, she said that she was devastated when her daughter said that she was
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pregnant. she commented on the father of the baby, who has said that he has detrimental information on her. she told barbara walters that he has nothing on her. jane: lots of confusion this morning about breast health and mammograms. a government panel has released new breast cancer screening guidelines. the group says that women do not need mammograms in their '40's and that everyone should get one every few years or so. the panel also found that self- exams ultimately do not do a lot of good. this is a dramatic break from what the american cancer society has said for so long. dr. manny alvarez is here to tell us what to do with this information. he is a part of our medical a team. your reaction? >> i am very confused. i saw a couple of patients that
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were 40 yesterday in the morning and i told them to get a mammogram. i went home and by the end of the day there was this report. look, this came out of nowhere, it came out of left field. it seems to me that this decision was based on a lot of numbers, they look that statistical models and data from european countries, concluding that it -- that it is not cost- effective for women in their 40's to get mammograms. but at the end of the day you are still talking about breast cancer. has taken us seven years or so to educate women about the dangers of breast cancer and how to prevent breast cancer. i think it is not fair to now, without consensus, isolate this decision and say publicly that mammograms are not important. i think it'd is irresponsible, confusing doctors and women. jane: the vice chair of the
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panel said that they did not look at the cost, that they do not look at insurance and that it was not a part of what they look bad. what they say they look that was the number of false positives creating anxiety and unnecessary tests for women. >> basically the language is there, they are talking about unnecessary tests. that translates into dollars and cents. this panel, which has been around for many years, it is one of the mechanisms that medicare and medicaid looked at in terms of recommending procedures and whether or not those procedures would be reimbursed. indirectly, yes, they might be looking at data that looks at whether unnecessary procedures are being done. but at the end of the day they are looking at dollars and cents. they are saying that it is not
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cost-effective and that it would like to move towards the european model. jane: what does this mean for my insurance? does this mean that my insurance company will no longer pay for my mammogram? >> many states have mandates in the laws that say that women need to be covered for their mammograms. many states in this country have to pay for mammograms. at the end of the day this will trickle down to insurance companies. eventually you will see a lot of insurance companies saying that they are not paying for mammograms, that they are not indicated the and you are on your own. this will affect a lot of women. jane: even if you, as my doctor, say that you are concerned because of a family history? >> there are a lot of tests that doctors order based on our experience with the individual patient that many times insurance companies do not agree to. we are left without any other
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resources. this is just going to get worse. jane: wow, thank you doctor. good to see you. jon: ogle sam gives and he might take it away. ready for a nasty shock coming tax time? why might the signature tax credit from the president might not be all it was cracked up to be?
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jane: at the bottom of the hour, a hidden danger in those e-mails known as spam. the fbi is on the case. jon: a simple button on your cell phone could be costing you money, even if you think you never use it. jane: the environmental protection agency, charges of censorship. what are they accused of doing? jon: remember the signature tax breaks from the government? there is word that millions of americans that took that credit could have to repay part of it. how did that happen? joining us now is bonnie from the fox business network. >> these were a signature promise from president obama on the campaign trail for many months ago. now it seems that these tax cuts might be making millions of you pay instead. 110 million americans received tax cuts between 400 and $800
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apiece earlier this year. because of a glitch that failed to account for a number of complicated income schemes, some of you may have to refund the government. those that fall into the category, people with more than one job, people that might be married, where both spouses work, and those that receive social security benefits. the irs reminds people that the majority of americans out there actually received tax refunds and will simply receive a lesser refund instead. jon: no one likes having to pay money to uncle sam. thank you. jane: the associated press is reporting that tobacco companies have found a way to avoid taxes by exploiting a loophole in the new law to expand children's health insurance. they are doing it with a simple
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marketing twist. rolling around cigarettes saw a big tax increase, but tobacco companies quickly adapted. companies reinvented their brands under a less restrictive category called pipe tobacco. it is taxed at nearly one-tenth of the rate. jon: the number of americans struggling to feed their children is apparently rising. 14% of american households last year did not regularly have enough food on the table. this is the highest number since the government started keeping records. researchers say that last year's economic problems contributed to the rise in the number and they warn that this year could be even worse. jane: harris has been watching an earthquake in british columbia. >> we have confirmation that this was a 6.6 magnitude off the coast of british columbia, not
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far from vancouver, although it was not felt there. here is where it was felt, queen charlotte city. a series of beautiful, resort- like islands out there. not a huge population, but people on vacation. there was shaking going on at some of the bigger resort hotels. the plaza, the prince rupert, guests on a higher floor said they definitely felt it, but no one was hurt. this is 160 kilometers away, not so close but they still would have felt it. i want to stress that it is a lowly populated area. they do not anticipate damage in all of this, nor do they anticipate a tsunami the form. people definitely felt it. that is the latest on the earthquake off the coast of british columbia. jon: despite the promise of an open government, the administration is clamping down
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on two lawyers that work for an environmental protection agency. they believed that plans to impose a cap and trade energy tax would not work. the epa has threatened them with disciplinary action and ordered them to remove the video. what did the epa find so offensive? >> their opinion is contrary to the epa and administrative position on climate change. they called cap and trade legislation a disaster in the making. basically there are two important points here. they received permission from the epa before releasing the video, clearly stating that these are not the views of the agency. only after their commentary appeared in "opposed" did people in washington threatened -- appeared in "v post -- the post
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close was the people in washington threatened. >> government employees here are speaking out on important matters of interest. >> the epa is demanding that they not say in the videos that they have for decades of experience dealing with cap and trade issues. critics say that that is the important information by which we can judge their credibility and know that they're not just window washers. jon: what now? will the couple be fired? >> disciplinary action was not specified. some context, remember when a nasa scientist complained that the bush administration was attempting to sensor his views on global warming? they basically say that in fish and wildlife you are protected if you simply published that
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these are not the views of the agency. first amendment lawyers are saying that the administration is not living up to its claims of transparency in getting the politics out of science. >> it is censorship and unless the agency clarified the dialogue, it will be hard to take promises of transparency seriously. >> the bottom line is that this couple things that cap and trade legislation is important and that the public does not understand. most of us think it cap and trade is about baseball salaries and that this could be a huge energy tax going forward. jon: thank you. jane: the ultimate online insult has become the word of the year. the dictionary has its top new word for 2009, unfriend. for those of you who are not tech savvy, unfriend is now a verb to remove someone from
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your social networking site, like facebook. i am going to unfriend you, i do not want to looking at my site. janjon: why are you looking at e when you say that? [laughter] jane: then there is intexicated, to drive while texting. jon: computer hackers are going spear fishing for secrets. they are using junk e-mail to gain access to corporate computer networks. who is behind these attempts to get this sensitive information from surprising companies? jane: a crane is being removed from my house. why? imagine if this were your home. harris will explain in a moment.
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jane: coming up in the next
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hour, you may have heard about this -- a lawless region in pakistan filled with people that caused a grave danger to us in the united states. we are taking you in sight of this terrorist strongholds. we have brand-new other kind -- undercover tape of acorn today. this film maker says that this video is different from all the others. we are just a few minutes away from the announcement from eric holder and what the government plans to do about the people that got us into this financial mess. we will take that live as soon as it begins. jon: workers are right now removing a crane from my house. harris faulkner knows why. >> i cannot tell you exactly why because i do not know what made it fell over -- fall over in the first place, but we are guessing that the tree was in the front yard, they were trying to remove
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it with a crane, but the tree was too big for the crane. you would think that they would do some physics before starting in on this. as the truck tipped over it turned in the direction of the house and kerplunk. look at the damage off to the side. the good news is that no one was hurt. they had people from the reliable grain and rigging company coming out to survey the tree to see how it could be removed from the front lawn. as they were picking up the largest section of the oak tree here in santa rosa, california, the story began and ended with a tree in the house. they have been working on this for quite a while. it has been a while but i have been watching this, they think it could take the better part of the morning. jon: that will wreck your whole
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day, both it? >> and your house. jon: [laughter] hackers are using junk mail to break into corporate computer networks to steal sensitive information. cyber-sensitivity -- cyber- security experts have called this spier fishing. bob is the ceo of investigative management tools. a couple of kinds of companies in particular seem to be the targets? >> they are looking at law firms and public relations firms, everyone involved in huge deals. jon: what kind of information with a presumably get? >> they are looking to see where the plants will be located, how many people are employed, the technology to be used and if there are patents. most of these cases are coming from china.
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they have found that in recent years the cases we have been able to identify through forensic technology and tracing the cases, many of them are coming back to computers that are stored in china. jon: china, not willing to open the internet to its citizens, but very willing to go in the other direction? >> it would seem so. remember, both campaigns were hacked into last year by computers and from organizations based out of china. this is a recurring issue. not only are they concerned about big mergers and acquisitions, how many people will be employed and what the technology is, but they also want to know about other american issues. this is a growing problem that seems to be originating overseas. jon: i would never think that a foreign government would want to spy on a public relations
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company. but i could see how that information could be useful. what you tell these ceos or i.t. protectors how to protect themselves? >> going through your work in the morning in checking things out, the fire wall is kept in place by showing a picture or showing something personal. it is very good. once they get to the system and are in your computer, they have access to everything. jon: one employee at fox news might open an innocuous e-mail, all of a sudden the horse is in? >> that is right. you have one main terminal where your computers are connected. once someone breaks in and has access to the network, i have access to everything you are working on, everything someone
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else is working on, maybe even other locations around the world. the bottom line is that if you do not want something to be seen, do not put it in the computer. like the old thing of talking on the phone. there are certain things that can only be said in private, things that are confidential that you do not want anyone to know. because there is always a chance that someone could get that information and use it in the wrong way. jon: i know that i see an e-mail that says i have won the lottery, i believe it -- whodelte it. -- i deltlete it. >> they are getting much batter of very specific, they can mimic trusted e-mails. a jon: i think you. -- jon: thank you.
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jane: the west coast, dealing with the latest round of severe weather. copies power outages -- these power outages causing floods that are going right through the garage. janice: we have not only this storm, but another one moving in. looking at these storm totals across the mountainous regions of washington, 5 inches here, 6 inches across the mountains. then the wind. incredible wind, 160 miles per hour. not only are we dealing with the threat for landslides, but avalanches in this area as well. the wind is loosening up the snowpack, causing some really dangerous conditions if you are right back country traveler.
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stay out of the area, especially across washington state. there is the radar with the storm moving in. another one set for thursday. that is precipitation on top of what we have already seen, including rainfall and up to 1 foot of snow. but with the that wet condition and the warming trend we will see potential for more danger. watch out for that storm, more of a moving across the central plains. we will talk about that in the next hour. jane: without your knowing it yourself on could be costing you a lot of money. . . are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement
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jon: taking a look live at mission control. nasa is sweeping the under side,
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the belly of the space shuttle right now. the right hand picture on the monitor there is a live picture coming in from space, and the laser goes over the shuttle, looking for any dings that may have happened during yesterday's launch. there was a nick in the wing of the shuttle that doomed the columbia a few years back, said these days, as a result of that disaster, every time they launch, they sweep it with a laser. the laser measures the surface of the underside of the shuttle, looks for any damage. if they see it and have the ability to patch it -- they so far have check one wing and the belly and have found no damage whatsoever. you can see the leading edge of another one of the shuttle's wings. that is what they are checking with the laser. we will continue to watch it and let you know how atlantis is bearing. in economic times like these, the last thing you want to do is
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waste money, right? but a lot of people are doing just that. doug, you have really got my curiosity piqued. >> this is the verizon clip song, and relatively inexpensive phone that you can get at a relatively inexpensive rate, unless you start pushing some of its buttons. for years, david has written in the "new york times" about overcharging by cell phone cos. he says he has been inundated by calls from customers complaining about so-called data charges that have been mysteriously appearing on cell phone bills from verizon and at&t. here's how works -- some cell phone companies have installed short cuts on their keypads like this narrow -- arrow to services. simply pressing this button could cost $1.99. davis as many customers have been pressing it over and over
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again by accident. we also got an e-mail from a verizon employee that says they are doing this intentionally, ripping people off. >> they dictate the design of these phones. they tell lg or motorola which buttons to what, so verizon is absolutely pulling the strings on this thing. >> verizon calls the number of customers pressing buttons by accident you and says they are working on getting the issue right, claiming there will always work with customers to credit any incorrect charges they may find on their bills. pogue points out a customer has to complain in order to get the charges corrected and he says most customers will not even notice the charge and many will not call if they do. he says verizon has 80 million customers and estimates they are making millions of dollars a month. in the meantime, at&t has not responded to our request for comments. they will not notice until they
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see doug kennedy's report -- jane: they will not notice until they see doug kennedy's report. thanks. jon: es $600 in cash in his pocket, but police say that did not stop a man from stealing a mechanical pencil worth $5. when police asked him why he stole the pencil when he had the money to pay for it, he said, "i don't know. being stupid, i guess." at least he is honest. jane: new video of acorn to assure you.
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jon: any fox news alert. the justice department said to hold a news conference any minute now on financial fraud. the attorney general eric holder is going to step up to that podium and is expected to announce creation of a government task force that will crack down on financial crime. the move follows mortgage scams
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and high-profile wall street trading scandals. we bring in dallas fisher. is this resulting from what happened in september a year ago, the big financial meltdown? -- we bring in alice fisher. >> believe this will be designed to combat financial fraud arising from the financial crisis last year. jon: are there specific crimes you can point to that are alleged to have been committed that authorities did not have the wherewithal to fight? >> i believe there will focus on four separate things, my understanding is. one is mortgage fraud. the second is general corporate fraud, securities-tight fraud. the third is recovery act fraud, which is going to recover -- going to cover loans and grants that have gone out to states for infrastructure and things like that. finally, i think money coming out of the tarp where there will focus on fraud and money that
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has been received by tarp assistance. jon: the one that intrigues me is mortgage fraud. 2/3 of people in the country have a mortgage. are you talking about fraud directed at mortgage holders? >> i believe there are many types of mortgage fraud that have happened in the past couple of years, whether it is definitely by the homeowners that there will focus on -- i think it is more likely they will go up the chain to the people that were making these loans and committing fraud with regard to that. whether it is the home builder organization or more up the chain to the corporate lenders. the of jon: the interesting thing to me, he said the tarp money, money that was dispensed to the states to try to prevent this kind of collapse. would this be a federal government going after states, or are we talking about going after private contractors and others who receive money? >> i think it will be the people that receive the money. the money goes out from the the
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federal government and is often administered by the states or administered through federal agencies, and when people commit fraud in order to get more than they are entitled to or to get money that they are using for an illegal purpose or an improper purpose under the program, the government is going to look at how that money is being used and go after the people committing fraud. jon: it is one of the criticisms of the stimulus program and even the tarp program, there are observers who say the federal government just cannot throw that much money out there into the wind without a lot of unscrupulous people trying to get their share. >> often, where money goes, it tends to stick to people's hands, unfortunately. jon: right, so this will not necessarily the new rules or regulations. it is going to be the formation of a task force trying to combat this kind of crime, trying to investigate it? >> yes, i believe so. the task force will be made up -- it will be chaired by the
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attorney general, and there will be other agencies involved. i think what they will try to do is go after the fraud, share information, trained prosecutors or law enforcement investigators to tailor their efforts toward this type of fraud, and they will basically look at best practices, possibly even new legislation. many task forces set out on a portion of look at whether there is new legislation that is needed to combat the fraud. jon: it does seem that a lot of people out there that a guy down on his lot can hold up a bank and get $1,000, and he goes away for 20 years, but somebody could take $20 million from a financial services company, and they get a slap on the wrist. is that going to change? >> i believe that even if you look at fbi statistics right now, they say they have 189 investigations going on of major corporations with regard to financial fraud, 18 of which
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related to funds over $1 billion. i do think that the fbi is committed to making these kinds of cases, but a lot of times these cases are very hard to make. jon: there stearns is one of the companies that has been mentioned in connection with the announcement from the attorney general -- bear stearns. again, for those of you just joining us, we are waiting for eric holder to step up to the podium. are you familiar enough with the case that you can comment as to what happened there? >> the trial was just on the eastern district of new york, and it resulted in an acquittal. jon: i'm sorry. it appears the attorney general is about ready to speak. thanks for being with us. >> good afternoon. i'm joined by some of my partners in an effort we are launching today. the secretary of the treasury, the secretary of housing and urban development, and the
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director of enforcement at the securities and exchange commission, who is here representing the sec chairwoman. i am pleased today to announce the launch of an interagency financial fraud enforcement task force to combat financial crime. the task force is designed to strengthen our collective efforts in conjunction with our federal, state, and local partners to investigate and to prosecutors financial crimes related to the current financial crisis -- to prosecute financial crimes related to the current financial crisis, and to ensure a just punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes. we face unprecedented challenges in responding to the financial crisis that has gripped our economy over the past year. mortgages, securities, and corporate and fraud schemes have eroded public confidence in the nation's financial markets and have led to a growing sentiment that wall street does not play by the same rules as main street.
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unscrupulous executives, ponzi scheme operators, and common criminals alike have targeted the pocketbooks and in retirement accounts of middle- class americans that in many cases devastated entire families' futures. we will not allow these actions to go unpunished, which is why president obama has established the financial fraud enforcement task force to investigate and prosecute fraud and financial crime. in a tough economic environment we face today, one of this administration's most important missions is to draw upon all of the resources of the federal government to fight financial fraud in all of its forms. the financial fraud enforcement task force will wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive efforts to investigate and to prosecute financial crimes. we will marshall the criminal and civil enforcement resources of the executive branch to investigate and to prosecute financial fraud cases, recover
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stolen funds for victims, address discrimination in lending, and financial markets, and enhanced coordination and cooperation among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities responsible for investigating and prosecuting a significant financial crimes and violations. this task force's mission is not just to hold accountable those who bring about the financial meltdown, but to prevent another meltdown from occurring. by punishing criminals for their actions, we will send a strong message to anyone looking to profit from the misfortunes of others. we will be relentless in our investigation of corporate and financial wrongdoing, and we will not hesitate to bring charges where appropriate for criminal misconduct on the part of businesses and business executives as well. even before the launch of this task force, we have increased our efforts to prosecute financial fraud, including
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securities and commodities fraud, market manipulation, and various ponzi schemes. the fbi's financial crimes program currently has more than 14,000 pending investigations, and these investigations continue to bear fruit. in just the last 10 months, we have secured the convictions of bernard madoff and several of his associates, and working alongside the sec have indicted several officers in their involvement in a ponzi scheme. we also recently secured a 20- year sentence for the president and owner of genesee capital corp., who perpetrated a $31 million ponzi scheme between 2002 and 2009, involving more than 500 victims as well as a 30-year and 25-year sentences for executives of national security financial enterprises
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-- jon: well, you heard the name of bernie madoff, the attorney general announcing the federal government is forming a task force to try to crack down on white collar crime. there has been a huge increase in that kind of crime, especially since it financial meltdown of the markets of this country in september a year ago. they are trying to go after mortgage fraud, white collar crime, and health-care fraud. the task force he is announcing their to combat specifically that kind of a crime. jane: the seven undercover videotape of community groups acorn is out today. previous videos show workers in washington and san diego advising this pair of filmmakers how they could set up a prostitution ring. congress voted to cut off funding to acorn, but something different happens when they step into the office in los angeles. >> you would not expect what happened in los angeles,
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considering the track record of acorn in other states. you know the story, the conservative activist filmmakers that pose as a pimp and prostitute going to end acorn office, saying that they want to buy a house that they can use for prostitution appeared in all these other officers, we saw workers basically not batting an eye, willing to help them, to actually break the law, by the illegal activity that they think they are undergoing. when they go into a los angeles office, there is something different. the worker there basically says no, saying that acorn does not do anything illegitimate. let's look at the tape. >> we have, like, 15 girls coming in and out of this house. >> i'm going to have to say no. it has to be legitimate. we are not going to work with not legitimate businesses.
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>> what do you mean >> > nobody is going to finance an illegitimate business. acorn does not do anything illegitimate. >> he told me he was surprised and shocked that it took so many visits to so many offices before someone actually said acorn does not do anything illegitimate. has -- jane: has acorn responded? >> they have not, but in the past, they have accused these filmmakers of having a personal vendetta. >> i do not have a personal vendetta, but i'm going to these organizations showing the truth about how these people receive these people are and how they operate. >> acorn has tried to use these tapes to their defense. they are siding and to raise money, this after acorn filed a lawsuit today against the u.s.
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government and congress, saying they basically tried to cut its funding. they say it is illegal because they are being targeted, and congress cannot target just one group, they claim. jane: you have been watching these cases so closely, and there's a new development, right? >> there is. sentencing in a former acorn official in vegas. he is cooperating in the one and only acorn trial. he testified at a preliminary hearing that our voter unit covered. he basically is cooperating. we expect him to get probation. his sentence is expected about three hours from now. he basically shed light on at allegis scheme in which a corn -- allegis scheme in which acorn paid money for voters to sell out extra forms. the attorney general actually
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bringing that case now. that case ongoing in vegas. the trial expected sometime next june. jane: thanks. jon: we are learning the numbers on the white house jobs website simply are not adding up. the site is reporting job creation in some districts that do not even exist. the errors and the white house explanation ahead. also, an extremely curious cat tries to interrupt official police business. video of the cop climbing kiddie -- kittie.
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jane: new questions being raised about the numbers of jobs the white house says its stimulus program has saved or created. the white house jobs website, recovery.gov, is reporting thousands of jobs in congressional districts that do not actually exist.
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the business about these nonexistent district is a new wrinkle in the story you have been falling for a while now. >> yes, and we have seen newspapers across the country reporting over the past two weeks instances where jobs were reported to be saved or created, that turned out to beat, for example, just instances of pay raises or jobs claimed where the job has not started yet or where someone was just showing up on a part-time basis. in all, the white house claimed that some 640,000 jobs have been created by the stimulus the president funded in february. now, the office of management and budget cut that number by 60,000 jobs, roughly 10% of the overall total. as you get into some of the reporting, fox news has confirmed an abc news reports that some of the district's board jobs were alleged to have been created do not exist. there is one congressional
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district in puerto rico, and yet, there are six different districts in puerto rico claim to have created or saved at least one job. some of these errors have been attributed to simple typographical errors. for example, it been in district 5 and pushed in number 56, it was an accident, but if you looked at some of these figures, there can -- that cannot possibly the case -- that cannot possibly be the case. as an example, connecticut, there are five districts, and one district was credited with saving or creating jobs -- district 86. if only have five districts, there is no reason to push in '86. some of this will also undergo further revision. jane: the white house has said this is an unprecedented effort of transparency, so naturally there will be problems. what are they saying?
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>> the special advisor to the president has posted on the blog today on the white house website with the president traveling overseas in which he makes exactly this point and still says that nothing we have seen contradicts the basic fact of some 600,000 jobs having been created or saved. he says -- we will have more on this on " special report" at 6:00 eastern tonight. jane: we will see you then. thanks. jon: the massacre at fort hood is acquiring the entire federal government to review its screening techniques. what the pentagon is doing to try to protect soldiers in the wake of that tragedy.
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jane: the pentagon is launching a top to bottom review in the wake of the fort hood shooting. so many people asking if it could have been prevented. a spokesperson for the department of defense is saying at this hour the investigation is still in the planning stages, but that it will look beyond the particulars of the accused shooter, nidal hasan, and take a broad look at military policy. republican senator cornyn from taxes is with us. thanks for your time. i know you have written to the president about this shooting and the aftermath. what are you saying in your letter to him? what are you asking for? >> of course, we should not condemn all muslims for what
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happened that day, but we should not turn a blind eye for the signs that tend to connect this with a terrorist act. while the administration has asked congress to hold off on oversight investigation, we need to know what the facts are so we can make sure it never happens again. jane: do you think the president has not gone far enough in condemning it and tying it to islamic terrorism? >> i think the president has been fair by not getting ahead of the investigation, but as we see reported on fox and in other news sources, information that i think leads a reasonable person to wonder whether this was tied to a terrorist act. there is, for example, no such thing as the 9 e-mail communication between major hasan and an imam known for encouraging muslims to jihad. -- no such thing as benign e-
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mail communication. jane: you said it is imperative that we take time to gather all the facts and that it would be irresponsible to respond to rumors or inaccurate information regarding such a horrific event. you go on to say -- are you jumping the gun with what you are saying today because we do not have all the facts? has what you decided really comes from the media? >> i think the media has reported what has been confirmed by investigators as factual information. i'm asking the president to not ignore the evidence, wherever it may lead. i just do not think this can be an exercise of political correctness that causes us to turn our gaze from what the facts are lying right in front of us. jane: do you have a concern that the investigation that is going to be carried out by people the president has appointed to do so, that it will be too
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politically correct? >> if of course, that will not be the end of it. there are political investigators, and as we know, major hasan will be tried by a court-martial. what i want to be sure is that congress understands the nature of islamic extremism here and abroad, that we also have access to the facts and hopefully prevent things like this from ever occurring again. jane: senator, thank you for your time today. jon: is the sanctuary for the taliban and al qaeda in pakistan, and now, fox news it's a rare look inside the terrorist hideout and the way these bad guys are inflating their terror on others. also, fox is on the job hunt. we will take you to the state where solar and wind energy jobs -- thousands of them -- actually are being created.
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jane: bottom of the hour. "happening out" -- president obama touring asia to restore our standing in the global community, but critics are arguing that he could be sending the wrong message to our enemies in the process. jon: state of the art technology from the world war ii era. we have an inside look at the search for some incredible
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military technology decades ahead of its time. jane: somali pirates freeing a captured ship. the release dozens of crew members out of the goodness of their heart, the wait until you hear how much it costs. jon: a rare inside look in the hunt for taliban and al qaeda. auks getting it up close look at what is known as the sanctuary of the world's most feared terrorist -- fox getting an up close look. scott joins us live from islamabad with more. >> the operation path of salvation down in south waziristan has just crossed into its second month, and as you said, we had the opportunity to go down there. this is what we saw. the discussions -- the destruction that once was the nerve center for the pakistan taliban just two weeks ago. the pakistani army gained control of this area.
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as you can see, there's nobody here anymore. it is just a couple of outposts for the pakistani military. the reason this city itself is important -- again, it was a nerve center, but we were showed a display of captured weapons, a variety of ied's, that included a remote-controlled car of wired with explosives. it included a computer that had an anti-personnel mine inside as well. ashley, this is a dormitory for a boys' school that was converted to a taliban center. there was one room where the jury sat and they conducted trials in there, and we all know what happens at a taliban trial -- if you are convicted, your arm gets cut off or you get executed. and you can see the gas station here. now completely deserted. again, just two weeks ago, this was the nerve center for the
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pakistan and taliban. after that, we went to the side of the taliban's main suicide bomber a training facility. that was raised to the ground as well. -- that was razed to the ground as well. they said 500 militants have been killed since the operation started, but at the beginning, they said that there were 10,000 taliban fighters down there, so where are the rest of these fighters? had they bled into other areas of the trouble zone? have they gone up north? have they got across the border to afghanistan? that is going to be the goal of the pakistani military this next month. jane: governor arnold schwarzenegger's in iraq visiting troops there. take a look at the video. you can see him there thanking the troops for their service and for their sacrifice, shaking hands, posing for photographs. the former mr. universe also reminded soldiers of the need to
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work out. the governor did work out with some of the troops after you serve breakfast to them this morning. -- after he served breakfast to them this morning. jon: we are on the job hunt here at fox news. it is no secret unemployment is getting worse in october. nearly 16 million people out of work now in this country, but in colorado, there is a bright spot. federal government has just awarded more than $2 billion in stimulus money for solar energy research and development. already, solar energy provides electricity and hot water to more than 100,000 homes in that state. that number could soon change. alicia acuna is alive in colorado with more. why is colorado at the center of this new energy future? >> as you know, there is actually a lot of wind, and there is plenty of sunshine. we have the national renewable
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energy laboratory here in colorado, so that is also a big drop, and there are also a lot of incentives that the state has been making to bring companies here. for example, i'm going to show you some cool stuff they are doing here because they are working to replace those big heavy solar panels you see on top of buildings. i'm actually carrying a solar modules in his backpack similar to what the military are using right now in war zones. a business developer here is going to help me out. what he has right now -- that is actually a solar modules. look how light it is. it is very flexible, and they can carry in their backpacks. he is going to show you exactly what is happening in the field when they are in the middle of iraq and afghanistan. they are able to use these panels to hook up to their communications devices, to their laptops, and they are able to have power from the sun any time they needed so that they can
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stay power out there in the field. what this means in terms of jobs is that they need people to produce this. we're talking about manufacturing happening in colorado with the alternative energy industry. they need technicians. they need people who can work in production. they need chemical engineers. people who are experts in physics. the damages goes the range. jon: getting back to where you are standing, do you need special education to work there? >> a high school diploma all the way up to a ph.d.. they are looking for all positions. you can go to their website. they are hiring 200 people for next year. the state alone is going to have another 1000 jobs within the next year or so in alternative energy alone. jon: take note of the snow on the ground and the blue sky above. lots of sunshine in colorado. thanks. jane: next, what may be the
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picture of the day -- cat vs. cop. the video from a police dashcam . you can see the little cat printing on to the scene. this very patient officer trying to finish writing his citation with the cat crawling all over him, but the cat was not having it. he tries to the cat away again and again. he even takes him away. the cat continues to push this officer's buttons, climbing up his leg and his arm. eventually, he gets all the way up and sits on top of the officer's head. he does keep his cool, though. he eventually just ride out the ticket as the cap stays right on his noggin. jon: i hope he had his kevlar on. those costs would hurt. -- those claws would hurt. jane: our going to paris with breaking news?
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jon: president obama promising to end what he called america's go it alone cowboy diplomacy when he became president. is he showing too much difference, or is mr. obama simply striking the right time? (announcer) the same rapid response you expect
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jane: martha: coming up at the top of the hour, we will join you right here in the newsroom. finally, acorn in court today, facing those voter fraud charges. also, a new acorn tape has been released. we will find the outcome of that. trace: also at the trial of khalid sheikh mohammed and others. also, because they allegedly killed americans on u.s. soil, doesn't guarantee them extra protection legally? more on that.
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and johnnie moseley will be here, world sensation on the ski slopes. jon: seven years after it began, the wrenching sagas of elizabeth smart's kidnapping is coming closer to resolution. one of her alleged kidnappers has just pleaded guilty to kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor in a deal with prosecutors. she could face a life sentence, but it could be reduced in return for her cooperation. elizabeth was 14 when she was abducted from her bedroom. she was taken to a campsite in the mountains above her salt lake city home, found nine months later when a motorist saw her walking on the street with barzee and barzee's now estranged husband. he will have a hearing of the end of the month to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial. jane: president obama has a two-
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hour meeting in asia today. you can see in this videotape, the president is bowling to the japanese emperor and empress, something american leaders have not done in the past. mr. obama promised to restore america's standing are around the world. some critics say his deference to other world leaders may be sending the wrong message to. first to you, the president made it pretty clear on the campaign trail that this is what he was all about when he was going to be on the world stage, didn't he? >> absolutely. i think his campaign promise to put an end to cowboy diplomacy that has ruled for diplomacy and extend a hand to the rest of the world to show that we are willing to cooperate and work with other nations. i did not think that anyone can credibly say that this president and administration will not put
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america's interests first, but that does not mean that we cannot bring about a whole new spirit of cooperation around the world. jane: you can see on one portion of the screen the president dowling pretty obviously to the emperor. former vice president dick cheney just kind of ticked his head of it to a handshake that way. what is the big deal? >> i think what we are witnessing is kind of obama's apologies for, and i have to disagree respectfully with the other guest. i think there's very little tangible evidence that he has brought anything positive to this country because what he has basically done is give permission to other countries to criticize the united states. we have seen north korea domino's with us with their nuclear testing. we have seen the situation get worse in iran. we pulled our anti-ballistic missiles summer of -- out of some of our allied countries in order to try to pacify russia
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and got nothing in exchange, so we are giving a lot of way and seeing no tangible benefits. jane: i'm going to put a quotation from former vice president dick cheney on the screen. >> i'm not sure i would put a whole lot of stock in anything that dick cheney has to say about american standing around the world. in the last to administration, we saw our standing around the world plummet to an all-time low. i think for the first time in a while, america is being celebrated overseas. that does not mean we do not have some real challenges, but i think a whole new approach is warranted. i think that is what president obama promise. i think that is what he is delivering, and i'd think we are seeing a whole new level of cooperation that is resulting in some tangible successes. it is not going to happen overnight, but i think it is a
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good first step, and i do not think giving a barrel in deference to aid foreign leaders is giving a whole lot of weight -- giving bow in deference to of foreign leader is giving a whole lot away. jane: the white house says do not underestimate how that can help in negotiations in the future. >> i do believe that showing respect interpersonally is a good thing, but you cannot stromboli to wildly what works but -- you cannot extrapolate too wildly what works between individuals and what works at the state level. these countries are a single mindlessly and mercilessly pursuing their own self interest. we have to be protective of the united states, and again, tangible evidence is his approach has brought the country into greater danger, arguably, not greater safety. jane: thanks to you both. jon: world war ii japanese submarine -- a major threat to
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the united states during the war, captured after, and the loss for decades. >> in the spring of 1946, they scuttle all five of the japanese super sub is in deep water. jon: we are going to take you to the bottom of the ocean. the search for the samurai subs is next.
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>> under water for over 60 years. sung by the u.s. to prevent the russians for of obtaining their revolutionary technology. these subs could eliminate one of the great secrets of world war ii -- and itilluminate one
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of the great secrets of world war ii, the japanese plan to attack new york and washington, d.c. jon: that is part of expedition week, national geographic. these submarines offer insight into a military technology that was far ahead of its time. joining us, the executive producer of the documentary "hunt for the samurai subs." this is fascinating, not only history, but a historical look back at the technology. these were captured from the japanese after world war ii. the u.s. had them, but why did we not keep them? >> after the surrender of japan, we discovered out of nowhere these 400-foot-long japanese aircraft-carrying submarines, and they carried three planes inside a watertight hall, and they could go one-and-a-half times are around the world,
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emerge, attacked our most important cities, and then escape. when we captured these, we captured three aircraft carrying submarines. there were so advanced that we scuttled everything in japan and brought back the five subs to pearl harbor and studied them. once we did, we got all the advanced technology from them. we knew that the russian scientists demanded access, and we said, "take them off pearl harbor and scuttle them and put them in deep water where no one will find them." jon: there is video of that actually happening, so these things were scuttled by the u.s. navy, and they have been found again? >> what we did was we surged. we've found film footage from a veteran that had filmed it when they were scuttling these subs, and we used that footage to triangulate positions for where these went down, our story is
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about going down 3,000 feet in manned submersibles and surging with noah and the university of hawaii -- searching with no and the university of hawaii to uncover this piece of history. jon: we're going to get into what you found when you got there when we see the show, but can you give us a hint? >> the discoveries blew us away. seeing these discoveries actually 9% -- when i was down there, seven stories high, 400 feet long, aircraft hangars -- as you will see and as the viewers will see, high hd, they are just beautiful -- in hd, they are just beautiful, and they are in almost pristine condition. jon: is there a chance of raising them at some point? >> we are going to leave them down there because they are preserved well, and we will leave them for future explorations for people to go
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down and study them because they give us a time capsule into a very different time in japanese and american history and a different technology that was created. they will be there for future generations. jon: really amazing stuff. mark fowler, executive producer. thank you. there is more on these samurai subs. as part of these extras and we, you can check that at 9:00 p.m. on national geographic. jane: pirates have freed hostages. wait until you hear they let go and at what price. and new attacks on the open seas.
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jane: we're learning that somali pirates have freed a spanish ship and released the crew members, but it came at a price. we're also learning of a new attack off the coast of east africa. what led to the release of the spanish boat, first? >> we are seeing a lot of
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renewed activity in that area. we believe that a $3.5 million ransom was paid. the spanish prime minister would not come out and say as much, but the spanish government basically said they did what they need to do. basically, it seems just about everyone is paying ransom in the end for their hijacked ship. he was a fishing boat that has been hijacked off the coast of somalia. crew apparently are on their way back now, but the good news is that it is free. the issue, though, is how do you protect these ships? that continues to be a huge problem, and this ransom money is costing the shipping industry and the insurance industry an incredible amount of money. jane: yes, probably just leading to more, unfortunately. what about the new tax? >> two attacks today, one
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successful and what not. these are all complex situations because it was a virgin-island- owned, singaporean-flagged, and north korean crewed ships. that was taken. another ship, a ukrainian ship, was attacked, but apparently, there were armed guards on board, and we are seeing more of that, increasingly seeing merchant ships putting armed guards on board because the situation is just so dangerous. it had gone a bit quiet. monsoon season had kept the pirates at bay. that is gone now, and we are seeing is a tax pick up. -- seeing those attacks pick up. jon: thanks. -- jane: thanks. join us for our special on pirates of the 21st century. jon: and thank you for joining us. martha:

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